The Ottawa Senators secured a 5-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Team Stützle netting the winning goal just 1:10 into overtime. Despite occasional dissatisfaction with his performances, this talented NHL player recognizes the importance of consistency and maintaining belief in himself.
“I think I was fighting it a little bit [during the losing streak]. I had chances every game, but in the end, [I’m] learning I’ve just got to stick with it. Obviously, I got frustrated there a couple times, but I’ve just got to stay with it. Great play by Drake [Batherson] and [Jakob Chychrun] to keep it in the zone.”- Stutzle said, as quoted by NHL!
Jacques Martin reacts
Jacques Martin secured his first win since his return as the coach of the Ottawa Senators. He is happy that his team was able to impose its tempo in most of the match and achieve victory. It looked like the Senators had more motivation to hold out until the end and win. They succeeded in that!
“I thought for two periods, we were really, really good. I thought we played more our style of hockey. I think we want to be a pressure team. We got a great performance out of our first line tonight, and overall, I think we did a much better job.”-Martin said.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan could also be satisfied with his team's performance. However, there were things that Sullivan was not satisfied with, and he emphasized that after the match.
“I thought we raised our level of urgency, and we raised our level of execution [in the third period]. But like I said, the first 40 minutes were all special teams, so how many even-strength shifts in a row were there before there was another power play or a penalty kill on either side? There was no flow in the game in the first 40. I thought we competed hard in the third.”